Things you should know before adopting a pet dog

We’ve always been a nation of dog lovers. However, in the last two years, our fondness for our four-legged canine friends has grown significantly, with over 12 million dogs becoming new family members across the UK in the year after the beginning of the pandemic. 

As a result, pet-related businesses have been booming. Dog trainers, walkers, and sitters have been inundated with requests in recent months – and the adoration of our doggy pals isn’t ending any time soon.   

If you’ve not yet joined the dog-owning British public but you’re thinking about adopting or rehoming a dog of your own, there are some things to think about before you take the plunge. 

Ask the key questions

The main question to ask is can you commit to having a dog? They’re a huge addition to any household. From making sure they’re trained up when they’re puppies to making sure you can walk them twice a day, there are plenty of things that will adjust how your daily life will look. 

Additionally, who will look after your new pet when you go on holiday? What if you need to be away from home for work? Many people who bought dogs in lockdown are finding this juggle tricky now that they’re back in the office. 

Then there’s the breed of dog. You need a breed that will suit you and your family. Researching the right pet takes time, so be sure to allow room for this process. 

What about the cost? 

Dogs cost money. There’s pet insurance to consider, along with vets’ bills for injections and other parts of their healthcare. Then there’s feeding them. If they have any food intolerances, you’ll need to invest in dog food that’s designed for sensitive stomachs.  

Plus, you might need to pay for a walking service if you’ve not got the time in the day to take them out. You’ll also need to budget for a dog sitter or kennel if you’re planning a weekend break fortnight away from home. 

Training sessions

Training sessions are important. They help your dog get used to its new home and are especially useful if they’ve come from a place where they weren’t as well-loved. 

You might want to set aside some funds for this, but it can be much easier if you do it yourself – especially if you’re hoping to find ways to get to know your new pet. If you do decide to train your pooch yourself, there are books and online vlogs that are designed to help you do a DIY training course. As long as you keep things consistent, you’ll find that your dog quickly adapts to the lessons you teach it. 

So, will you be adopting a dog of your own soon? What are you looking forward to about having a pet in the home?

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